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Veterinary Board endorses Kapsabet NGO, snubbing Nandi county government

The Kenya Veterinary Board has endorsed the services of a Kapsabet-based NGO that provides artificial insemination to dairy farmers in the region.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 30 May 2016 08:53 EAT

Many farmers have found the NGO's services extremly useful. (Photo by: Allan Muturi/Kenya Free Press)

The Kenya Veterinary Board has endorsed the services of a Kapsabet-based NGO that provides artificial insemination to dairy farmers in the region.

Veterinary doctors Iphram Ragwa and Risper Orwe from the Board made an impromptu inspection at the premises of Chalan Foundation on Monday following a complaint by Nandi county government that the NGO had sidestepped its requirements.

The inspectors checked the quality and storage facilities for the cattle semen at Chalan Foundation, after which Dr Ragwa said they had established that the service met government standards.

Speaking after the inspection, Chalan Foundation director Margaret Koskei said their free semen distribution to farmers, which kicked off last month, had reached 3,000 dozes.

She said the organization had 95 percent of the targeted farmers.

Former cabinet secretary for agriculture Felix Koskei, who has declared his intention to run for the governor’s seat in next elections, is a key donor to the NGO.

Some local leaders connected the county government’s concerns about the NGO to politics, as Koskei has emerged as a major challenger to current governor, Cleophas Lagat.

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